Thursday, May 29, 2014

End of School Year Art

I had to say good bye to some pretty awesome kids last week.  My little baby birds grew their wings and are taking flight to kindergarten!  One of my favorite projects to do at the end of the year is this super cool multi-media art piece.  I started off just doing it with the kids who were moving on but made a slightly different piece for the younger kids.

This piece is the one the kindergartner-to-be does:

Media: crayon, watercolor, photography and poetry

To take the photo I had each child give me a profile view and pretend they were yelling.  A lot of laughter came from this.  :)  I then asked the children a series of questions like what their favorite color is, what they like to eat, play, etc.  Print, cut, glue.  I absolutely love the way these turned out!

For the little guys I had them color and paint like above, but the photo portion was a bit different.  I took them outside and took a series of jumping shots.  Again, a lot of laughter ensued!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Selfie Puzzle

I've been a quite a break from my blogging.  My last post was in December!  I had decided to put getting messy on the back burner and focus on my son and the arrival of baby #2.  I *think* I've figured things out now and have got a solid routine.  I'm sure something will happen and all that will go out the window!  Really, though isn't that what parenting is?  I'm so in love....

Anyways....on to the real post!

We made puzzles from craft sticks and a paper copy of a photo of each child.  The kids loved them!

I added numbers to the top to have them also practice number order.  This was done by the 3's class.  My older class (4's/5's) used smaller craft sticks and we numbered from 1-10.  It proved to be a little trickier for them, which was my goal.

Supplies you need:
Picture of choice printed off the computer
Craft sticks, size is up to you
Glue ( I used both Elmer's school glue and a glue stick, both worked fine)

After the glue has dried you can use a razor blade to slice the sticks apart.  Number the sticks or even write the letters of their name on each stick.

Easy and fun!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

No Cook/No Bake Cinnamon Ornaments

Being in a classroom setting with out an oven makes it pretty hard to make those yummy smelling cinnamon ornaments I used to make with my mom.  But then I stumbled upon a recipe for a no cook/no bake cinnamon dough!  I was thrilled!

I found the recipe over at Growing a Jeweled Rose.  (Thank You!!)


  • 1 cup of flour 
  • 1/2 cup of salt 
  • 1/2 cup of cinnamon
  •  3/4 cup of very warm water 

 Combine ingredients, knead together, roll out!  Add a hole if you plan on stringing them.  Simple.  I let mine air dry for approx. 2 days fliping them in between.  I'm not sure why, but mine turned out a very light colored cinnamon.  But, they smell delicious!

After the ornaments were dry enough we painted them!  The paint only took about an hour to dry.  I strung them with hemp rope (my favorite!) and a heart with their name and year printed with a sharpie.  So cute!

Friday, November 22, 2013

DIY Christmas Decor for GROWNUPS!

I recently received an email from Minted asking to do a review on their blog site, Julep.  I was happy to help, because I fell in love with all the beautiful, gorgeous ideas they post!  I love to diy at home.  This site is going to help me with some Christmas decor and an upcoming (ahem, drum roll....) baby arrival.  (This is my subtle announcement that I'm having my second little cherub in March.)

I'm wanted to share some of my favorite finds on Julep with you today.
First up, let's decorate!  I'm a HUGE sucker for garland and bunting.  It's so versatile.  Hang it on a tree, on a mantel, over a window, strung across a playroom...endless.  These are all super easy to make.  I wouldn't show you something I couldn't do...
Cozy Pom Pom Garland

Felt Triangle Garland

Easy Knotted Garland

Easy Ball Garland

Ok, now what about DIY gifts?  Do you make your family, friends, co-workers gifts?  I love getting homemade things.  I think it shows someone how much you truly care for them to take the time to make something.  Here are some fun and again, EASY gift ideas I found on Julep.

Embroidered Leather Cuff

Easy & Easier DIY Magnets

DIY Star Combs

Fairy Twig Wands
And just for fun a few others for Christmas...

DIY Winter Themed Guest Book

Scratch Off Activity Advent

Watercolor Gift Wrap
Ok, really I could probably go on and on, but you really just need to search their blog yourself!  Such fun stuff to do (and easy!).  I'm typing as fast as I can because I really want to get started on my garland!

One more thing.  Julep is hosted by  Have you ever heard of them?  I have, but have yet to use them.  This year we are doing the photo collage Christmas card thing, and Minted is where I'm ordering from.  They have SO MANY CHOICES!  It is really hard for me to choose.  Help me out!  Which do you like best?

There you have DIY Christmas has started.  Soon to come will be fun crafts I'm doing with the kids at school!

*This blog was given a monetary gift in exchange for this review.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Learning About Insects!

While most of you are getting bundled up, have blankets of snow in your front yard or are ready to hibernate for the winter we are just now able to get outside and enjoy the weather!  We still get a few warm days (80's), but for the most part we are doing a lot more outdoor activity.  For one, we can now explore some bugs!  Here in Phoenix we got a new place to visit called Butterfly Wonderland.  It has a large butterfly conservatory where hundreds of butterflies swarm.  It was very cool!

Here are some fun bug related activities we did:

I found a simple piece of sheet music from "Flight of the Bumblebees" had the children paint it and then added transparency paper wings!  Cute, Easy and a great little bee to dance to the music with!  I was inspired with this craft from And Next Comes L

Children cut their own spots, shapes or stripes to add to their ladybug body.  It was great practice for the little ones and allowed the older children the ability to be creative in what type of shapes their ladybugs had.

After reading "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle we made patterned bracelets.  I had different pattern cards for them to follow.  A few kids wore theirs all week!

This is my favorite new game...I mean the kids new favorite game!  I used a large cylinder container, drew a caterpillar on one side with a hole for his mouth and on the other side I mimicked the butterfly from the book.  Then I colored and glued each item of food the caterpillar ate (even the leaf!) onto frozen juice container lids.  As I read, or as the children reread the story they put the corresponding food into his mouth.  I found the food clipart on Eric Carle's blog!
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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Halloween and Fall Art for Preschoolers!

Did you see all the fun preschool Halloween games I posted yesterday?  We've been having such a howlin' good time!

Here are some of our art projects we've worked on:

Pine cone Owls: Squeeze glue inside each crevice and stick a feather in.  Add eyes and a beak!  
Hand print Sunflowers: child paints hand, stamps around paper, add sunflower seeds to the center.  
Color Mix Pumpkins: I told the kids I ran out of orange paint for our pumpkins!  Oh, no!  What should we do?  :)
We used lots of fun painting tools to mix yellow and red and after they dried cut out fun pumpkin shapes.  The pumpkins and sunflowers are in our pumpkin patch garden. :)

Candy Corn Hand prints: Children can paint each section of their hand print and then stamp.  I made ours into garland!
Cute, right??!!
Oh, this one is my favorite.  Sometimes I like to make "crafts" that are cute keepsakes for the parents.  This one in my opinion is one of those.  I'm smitten with Frankenfoot!
This was something we did 2 years ago, but I figured I'd add it!
Directions are here.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Preschool Halloween Games

We have been getting really excited for Halloween this year.  I started setting out some simple games last week and this week we are getting really, really in the spirit!  Between all 3 of my classes I have to throw 3 parties, take 3 classes trunk or treating, dress up in costume 3 times and then...take a day off!! :)

I photo copied some "creepy" bugs for a cute shadow match game.  Simple, cheap and the kids loved it!

Simply made with beans (black eyed, black, lima and split peas), gauze for mummies and webs, buckets and all sorts of Halloween nick nacks that I've saved over the years.

{bad photo alert!}  Paper bats are hung up on a clothesline with clothespins!

I bought a hinged decor skeleton, took it apart and let the kids figure out how to put him back together.  This has been the #1 favorite!

Taped a spiderweb on the floor and stuck some numbers (and later, letters, shapes, colors) inside the web.  The kids would toss a spider on a section and say the number.  Why so fun?  They get the THROW a spider! :)